May 3, 2010

Pliny the Elder

One who must journey a hundred miles should consider ninety as halfway.

I finally had a chance to try Pliny the Elder by Russian River Brewing at Monk's this weekend. The quest for this elusive beer built my anticipation to a dangerously high level. Pliny's wisdom did not disappoint.

Served from the tap into an American pint glass, almost clear amber color with a big dollop of airy head. Smell is floral and citrus, lots of grapefruit. Taste and feel are dynamite. Noticeable alcohol heat combined with delicate carbonation and piney zesty hop oils to a magical effect. Spicy and mysterious, multi-dimensional hoppiness with a faint musty waft. Bouquet of aroma lingered on the palate without any distasteful bitternes.

Didn't even think about ordering anything else when this beer was on tap. Three drafts paired well with a couple servings of steamed mussels at the bar. Perfect.

Pliny the Elder Double IPA
Price paid: $7.50/ Pint
Freshness: Excellent
ABV: 8.0%

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